The Eagles could be getting some help back on the defensive side of the ball.

Cornerback Avonte Maddox has moved one step closer to returning to the Eagles field.

Maddox has been out with a hamstring injury since Nov. 14, which forced him to be placed on the injured reserve, forcing him to miss the past four games.

On Wednesday, the Eagles announced they have designated Maddox for return to the practice field, which means he could be activated and ready to play this week against the New York Giants.

Maddox was replaced in the lineup by Josiah Scott as the starting nickel corner, but getting him back will be a big boost to the defense. So far in six games this season he has 27 tackles, an interception, three pass breakups, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

If Maddox is back, the Eagles will still be without safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson and tight end Dallas Goedert.  Defensive tackle Jordan Davis returned from the IR last week to play against the Titans.

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